Senate Intel Committee Subpoenas Cohen to Testify Next Month

President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen leaves federal court in the Manhattan borough of New York City, April 16, 2018. (Lucas Jackson/Reuters)

President Trump’s former attorney Michael Cohen was subpoenaed Thursday to appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee next month, just a day after he said he wanted to delay his testimony due to “ongoing threats against his family” from Trump and lawyer Rudy Giuliani.

The longtime Trump fixer pled guilty last month to lying to Congress about how late in the 2016 campaign Trump and his advisers continued to discuss plans for a Trump Tower in Moscow. His lawyer, Lanny Davis, confirmed the Committee’s subpoena on Thursday.

“This morning the Senate Intelligence Committee served Michael Cohen with a subpoena,” read a statement from Davis, a long-time adviser to the Bill and Hillary Clinton.

“So interesting that bad lawyer Michael Cohen, who sadly will not be testifying before Congress, is using the lawyer of Crooked Hillary Clinton to represent him – Gee, how did that happen?” Trump wrote on Twitter.

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee had previously scheduled a public appearance for Cohen for February 7. The Senate and House Intelligence Committees were in negotiations with Cohen’s lawyers to obtain private testimony from him.

After pleading guilty, Cohen was sentenced in December to three years in prison and fined $50,000. He is expected to begin his sentence in March, but House Oversight Committee chairman Elijah Cummings said the Committee “can always bring him in. Even if he’s in prison.”

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